2019 Roadshow – Join us!
“This Thing Called Grief: All Ages, All Cultures” is a full-day workshop. Grief is a universal reaction to death, yet each person’s grief is unique, influenced by circumstances, religious and cultural beliefs. This workshop will focus on grief involving children and cultural differences in grief. Caregivers, family members, community volunteers, and healthcare professionals are all welcome.
Meet our Guest Presenters: Laura Coatsworth, MSW, BMus, works at Hospice Calgary’s Sage Centre, counselling children who have experienced a significant death in their lives. Laura also leads the group support program for grieving teens as well as facilitates formal dinners for men and women who have lost their spouse and seeking community. Kathy Cloutier, an honours graduate of Humber College, has been a funeral director with McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes for many years. Her desire to work in funeral service was a direct result of her own profound loss.
Workshop fees (includes lunch) $10 for current AHPCA members I $65 for non AHPCA members Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* If you do not know if you are a current member, please contact AHPCA to find out before registering. 403 206 9938 or [email protected] *
Roadshows may be considered for Continuing Education Credits
Death Café 2019
AHPCA is excited to host a Death Café with Laura Walsh, a registered psychologist here in Calgary.
What is a Death Café? It is a space for people to gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. This worldwide social franchise is a discussion group. It is NOT a grief support or counselling session.
Please grab a friend and join us on Sat February 2, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to eat cake and talk about death!
While the event is free, registration is required and donations to AHPCA are welcome.
Dr. Donna Wilson Caregiver Award
Meet the Dr. Donna Wilson Caregiver Award Recipient
Take a moment to read about Leora’s dedication to her family. Do you know somebody like this? Be sure to nominate them next year!
AHPCA Self-Care Video Series
AHPCA invites you to share these videos with your clients, friends, colleagues or family who might benefit.
These short videos are a resource for people who need answers but do not have easy access to help.
Vicarious Trauma – What is it?
Vicarious Trauma – Dealing with it
Vicarious Trauma – Seek support
Compassion Fatigue – What is it?
Rituals & Grief – No rules
Self Care Moment – Colouring
Self Care Moment – Grounding
Using relaxation and stress reduction exercises are an excellent way to feel better in the moment. Many of us have anxiety and that feeling intensifies when we are in distress. Relaxing changes that response. The body and mind are closely linked; relaxing the body relaxes the mind.
Take a few minutes to escape on a mental vacation. Breathe deeply and choose a Relaxation Moment (length of video is in brackets).
Introduction to Relaxation Moments
Relaxation Moment Morning at Hauula, Oahu (1:33)
Relaxation Moment: A Stroll Along Waikiki Beach (3:45)
Relaxation Moment: Fountains of Waikiki (2:52)
Relaxation Moment: North Shore Waves on Oahu (2:26)
Relaxation Moment: Streams at Waimea Park (2:57)
Relaxation Moment: Waikiki Waves (2:50)
Relaxation Moment: Sunset at Ala Moana (10:43)
2018 Roadshow Wrap Up
“This was a hugely important day – very powerful and moving. I needed this for my soul. Hopefully what I have learned today will make my life more valuable to myself and to others.”
– 2018 Roadshow attendee
The theme for the 2018 AHPCA Roadshow was “A Mindful Finale: Spirituality and Ritual at End-of-Life.” The topic clearly resonated with attendees as we received many comments similar to the one above.